What was supposed to be a fun adventure turned into a tragedy when a 17-year-old girl died after a botched bungee jump from a bridge in Spain, which the court attributes partly due to the instructor’s “poor English.”
Dutch national Vera Mol went bungee jumping with a group of teenagers outside Cabezon de la Sal, located in Spain’s northern region of Cantabria in August 2015.
Mol’s rope had not been secured yet when she jumped from a road bridge as she might have misheard her instructor who said “no jump” and mistakenly took it to mean “now jump”.
The bungee jump instructor has appeared before a Cantabria court and has been directly accused of causing the teenager’s death. Flow Track, the company that organized the bungee jump, will also now face prosecution for homicide through negligence.
The court’s judgment read: “The use of the poor English ‘no jump’ could perfectly well be understood as an explicit order to jump by the victim. It is unfortunate that the girl’s life could have been saved if only the instructor used the usual and familiar line “don’t jump”, which is the more widely -used terminology as also heard by the court.
The judges also pointed out that the instructor should have checked the teenager’s ID first before the bungee jump as she was under 18. It was also alleged during the court hearings that bungee jumping from the road bridge is even banned under Spanish regulation.